• Duration
    3 days
  • Location
    North Melbourne
  • Mode
    Face to face Online
  • Fees
    DET Fully Subsidised

Develop daring leaders and embed courage into your school’s culture.

The Dare to LeadTM program brings Dr Brené Brown’s research of over 20 years on leadership into action. She has found that courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy show up in our daily practices both helping and hindering our success as a leader.

The program focuses on developing courage-building skills, teaching you and your team how to move from armoured leadership to daring leadership.

The Dare to Lead program has been designed to give actionable strategies to cultivate braver, more daring leaders. You will be more aware of how and why you put the difficult decisions and tough conversations off. You will leave with the skills and an action plan to effectively have these conversations while embedding the values of courage and inclusion into your practice of creating a good school culture.


Designed for Victorian government principals, assistant principals, teacher leaders, teachers and vertical school teams.


Facilitated by Mary Hutchison, a trained and certified Dare to Lead™ facilitator keen to spread Brené Brown’s work throughout the education system of Victoria.

Mary has a background in education and was a school principal for over 15 years in 3 diverse primary school settings. She has also been a Network Chair of three different Networks.

You will engage and contribute to:

  • pre-workshop activities
  • workshops (3 days)
  • post-workshop evaluation. 


You are required to complete a pre-program assessment prior to attending the first workshop.


Workshops are delivered over 3 days. You can choose to participate online or face to face.

Workshop 1: The heart of daring leadership, rumbling with vulnerability

The first workshop explores:

  • the heart of daring leadership, including:
  • rumbling with vulnerability
  • armoured leadership vs daring leadership
  • the myths of vulnerability.

Workshop 2: Living into our values and braving trust

The second workshop explores:

  • ways of living into our values
  • grounded confidence
  • braving trust

Workshop 3: Learning to rise - the reckoning

The third workshop explores:

  •  how to rise after failure
  • the rising strong process
  • the action plan.


You are required to participate in the post-program evaluation.

You will develop the knowledge and understanding to:

  • expand your self-awareness as a leader and apply more courage, strength and bravery in your leadership technique
  • further your capacity to find and develop individual and team leadership potential
  • embed courage-building practices into your daily life.

Fully subsidised by the Department of Education and Training for Victorian government school participants. 

Last updated 09 December 2022